I’ve done bookreadings from my atheist thriller, “Imaginary Friend” (available both on Amazon and Kindle) in four different states (Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Florida, with Kentucky to be added next month) but yesterday was a first: a reading in Nottingham. England! Since I’m currently snowbirding in Wilton Manors, Florida, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, the ability to connect in this way across an ocean is a first rate marvel.
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When I confessed I was astounded by this difference between the two countries, I was told that America’s attitude sounds like the one Great Britain had in the 19th century. That was a blow, and an embarrassing one. I said an American politician was unlikely to be elected in this country, and was told that the Deputy Prime Minister of Great Britain, Nick Clegg, is a nonbeliever. I suggested to my British audience that they send over boatloads of non-believers to help balance things out, but didn’t get any immediate takers.
In any event, I thank the good people of the Secular Society of Nottingham for inviting me to their meeting, and Barbara Williams, who heads the Great Lakes Atheists Society (Toledo) for connecting us all up. The whole experience was great fun, and it leads me to wonder how many similar Skype bookreadings I could do, and in what far-flung places they might yet occur. I never cease to be in awe at the routine miracles that technology makes possible in the 21st century. This was one of the most enjoyable of those miracles I’ve experienced, and it will always be a favorite memory.
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